Recording industry to force consumers to buy music!

Steve Rosenbush

The recording industry won an undisputed victory today, with the announcement that Grokster would shut down. (link.) This is just the beginning of a broader legal offensive. As Deal Flow reported several months ago, the recording industry already intends to sue people who "play" songs in their head without buying a CD or a legal digital version. Now the recording industry is considering filing a landmark suit that would charge people for a minimum amount of music every month, regardless of whether they want the music or not. The theory is that everyone absorbs a certain amount of music in their daily life, listening to other people hum on the elevator, or in line at the local coffee shop. Now the recording and media industry is about to crack down on those "freeloaders" by making it illegal not to buy music.

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